Our first look at GTA Trilogy gameplay in new reveal trailer

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The GTA Remastered Trilogy was announced last month with a short teaser trailer. Its hefty price tag was revealed but nothing regarding its gameplay was shown. However, in a new trailer released today Rockstar has finally shown what gamers can expect from the GTA Trilogy.

The Definitive Edition Trailer runs for just under a minute and provides a showcase of the collection’s visuals. There are various direct comparisons made between the original games and their upgraded counterparts. The trailer also shows clear frame rate improvements with the remastered gameplay running at what appears to be 60 frames per second.

Not everyone is happy

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The trailer for the GTA Trilogy has been very well received having 194,000 likes and just 4,000 dislikes. However, not everyone is thrilled with the changes. For the GTA Remastered Trilogy Rockstar has opted for a more cartoon aesthetic similar to that of the original titles. It’s faithful but some gamers feel like a more realistic look would have been a better fit.

I’m a big fan though and think Rockstar has gotten things right. It’s a fun throwback that somehow manages to look both retro and modern all at once. Of the three bundled games, GTA 3 seems to have benefited most from the visual overhaul. The original was rough but this remaster is arguably the best looking of the three.

Regardless of your opinion on the graphics, everyone will like this next reveal. According to Rockstar, all three games will feature a rework to their control schemes. This rework aims to bring them all in line with GTA V, the most recent addition to the franchise. This should be a huge upgrade over the original controls.

Furthermore, the GTA Trilogy will be making its way to Xbox Game Pass, although not all at once. Starting November 11 Grand Theft Auto San Andreas will be the first game to be available on Game Pass. The other two are expected to follow sometime afterward.

The GTA Remastered Trilogy isn’t going to be cheap, listed at $70

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A couple of days ago Rockstar Games announced the GTA Remastered Trilogy. This trilogy will be made up of three remasters of past Grand Theft Auto titles: GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas. Format-wise, it seems similar to Nintendo’s Super Mario 3D All-Stars which was released earlier this year. However, there is one notable difference.

Whilst Super Mario 3D All Stars was priced at $50 at launch, GTA will set fans back $70. Seventy bucks is the standard price for most next-gen AAA games but it’s uncommon for a remaster to cost that much. The implications of this pricing are interesting as it means one of two things. Either Rockstar is over charging or these remasters will provide more than expected.

Are we underestimating Rockstar?

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Many assumptions are made by many when the GTA Remastered Trilogy was first rumored.

People were talking about that it would be a lazily thrown-together collection of old games. Certainly, the visuals would be cleaned up a little. On the other hand, performance issues would be fixed, but none of the three bundled games would be true remasters.

But if this pricing is anything to go by, this may not be the case. Rockstar hasn’t released many games at all over the last decade so perhaps it used the freed-up development resources to improve this collection. If that’s true, an overhaul and modern touch make these remaster more attractive.

Sadly, there is another possibility. The more cynical view would be that Rockstar knows this collection will sell regardless so it has priced the GTA Remastered Trilogy at $70. Not because the collection justifies that price, but because fans desperate for nostalgia will cave in and buy it.

More details about the trilogy have yet to be revealed. Hopefully, in the near future, Rockstar will show us exactly what the collection looks like. All we can do in the meantime is pray that this isn’t just a desperate cash grab.